Immigration Law

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Settlement Places Strict Limits on ICE Detention at ICA-Farmville
Posted on 7 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIPNLG, July 6, 2022 "Today, a settlement agreement on claims for injunctive relief was reached in Santos Garcia et al. v. Wolf et al. , a case filed by the National Immigration Project (NIPNLG), Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC), and Gibson, Dunn... Read More

No Fighting Chance: ICE's Denial of Access to Counsel in U.S. Immigration Detention Centers
Posted on 9 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU Report "This ACLU research report, No Fighting Chance: ICE's Denial of Access to Counsel in U.S. Immigration Detention Centers , provides the first comprehensive study of the barriers to access to counsel in U.S. immigration detention... Read More

Over 225,000 Immigrants Monitored by ICE's Alternatives to Detention Technology: TRAC
Posted on 30 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Apr. 28, 2022 "According to new data available in TRAC's Quick Facts detention data tool, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is now monitoring 227,508 immigrants using 'alternatives to detention' (ATD) technology. The most common... Read More

Tags: detention , TRAC , ICE

ICE Directive Regarding Incompetent Detained Individuals (Apr. 5, 2022)
Posted on 12 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Apr. 5, 2022 Identification, Communication, Recordkeeping, and Safe Release Planning for Detained Individuals with Serious Mental Disorders or Conditions and/or Who Are Determined To Be Incompetent By An Immigration Judge Read More

Access to Counsel: Did ICE Lie to Congress?
Posted on 29 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Suzanne Monyak, Roll Call, Mar. 22, 2022 "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement claimed in a new report to congressional appropriators about detention that immigrants had “unabated” access to lawyers during the pandemic — though... Read More

Why We Need to Talk About ICE's Rapidly-Expanding "Alternatives to Detention" Program
Posted on 22 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Austin Kocher, Feb. 22, 2022 "We are witnessing a profound shift in the geographic forms of migrant surveillance and control, a shift that is simultaneously about migrants and not about migrants, a shift that is wrapped in the paper of liberal... Read More

Tags: detention , ICE

Groundbreaking COVID-19 Settlement to Yield Protections for Immigrants Detained by ICE, Limit Re-detention for People Released
Posted on 1 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

LCCRSF, Jan. 27, 2022 "Immigrants detained by ICE during the COVID-19 pandemic in two California detention facilities have reached a groundbreaking settlement agreement to resolve a long-running class action lawsuit against ICE and GEO, a private... Read More

Illinois’ ICE detention ban to take effect within weeks following appeals court ruling
Posted on 13 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Carlos Ballesteros, Injustice Watch, Jan. 13, 2022 "Two Illinois counties that detain immigrants in federal custody in their local jails will have to terminate their contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement within weeks, an appeals... Read More

ICE Detains 22,000 Immigrants at Start of 2022, Monitors 157,000 on Alternatives to Detention Program
Posted on 13 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Jan. 13, 2022 "According to new data available through TRAC's ' Quick Facts ' tools, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is holding about 22,000 immigrants in civil detention centers across the country at the beginning of... Read More

Tags: detention , ICE

Stale ICE Detention Numbers
Posted on 15 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Austin Kocher, Nov. 15, 2021 "Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is actively undermining Congress by failing to release accurate information about the number of immigrants in detention on a regular basis. While minor data issues with ICE’s... Read More

Tags: detention , ICE

Rigged by Design: ICE's Detention Algorithm
Posted on 2 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Aly Panjwani, Inquest, Oct. 29, 2021 "ICE’s policy preferences for carceral inputs meant that “the RCA’s algorithm lost the ability to measure true risk,” turning instead into “a tool of prosecution, pairing detention... Read More

Federal Jury: GEO Group Owes $17.3M in Back Pay to ICE Prisoners
Posted on 30 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Martin Kaste, NPR, Oct. 29, 2021 "A federal jury in Tacoma, Wash., says the GEO Group, which owns and runs a large detention center for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, owes former detainees $17.3 million in back pay for tasks such as... Read More

ICE Does Not Adequately Track Segregation at Immigration Detention Facilities: DHS OIG Report
Posted on 19 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kylie Bielby, Homeland Security Today, Oct. 18, 2021 "An audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not always comply with segregation reporting requirements and did not ensure... Read More

CA9 (2-1) on Cal. AB 32: GEO Group v. Newsom
Posted on 5 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GEO Group v. Newsom "In 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill, AB 32, that phases out all private detention facilities within the state. But because of seasonal and other fluctuations in immigration, the United States Immigration... Read More

"Age Out" Victory Against ICE: Garcia Ramirez v. ICE
Posted on 22 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER - "When minors lacking immigration status arrive in the United States without parents or other guardians, they are designated UACs and are placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of... Read More